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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Woody Allen Wants to Write a Movie to Star in with Louis C.K.; Is "Toying With" Returning to Standup

Louis C.K. and Woody Allen worked together for the first time this past year on Blue Jasmine (out July 26th), Allen's latest film that C.K. played a supporting role in, but Allen says he's been trying to come up with an idea for a movie for him and his fellow writer/director/actor/standup to star in. In an interview out today, Allen told The New York Times:

I’d love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy. I’m looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do. Of course I hope that people aren’t disappointed that I don’t act with him [in Blue Jasmine], and he doesn’t have a commensurately comic part with his talent. But some day, I will get something that we could do together, because I do think it would be fun. I’m such a great fan of his …

When I finished this picture, I went into my room and thought, What would be a fun picture? My first thought for a while was, Can I come up with something at the moment that I could do with Louis C.K.? But I wasn’t able to get the right idea, and time was starting to move.

Later in the interview, Woody Allen revealed that he's been "toying with" the idea of returning to standup since leaving the stage behind to focus on movies in 1968:

I saw Mort Sahl [do standup recently] … He’s not as rapid as he was when was he was 35. But all the stuff is still there. Watching him, I had the same feeling now, in 2013, as I had when I saw him in 1950-something. Of, “Hey, I’d like to get back onstage and do standup again.” He inspired me then to be a standup comic, and all these years later, I thought of it again because of him … Since I saw him, I’ve just been toying with the idea. I would love to see if I could. Just getting together an hour of stuff to talk about would be a lot of work.

  • Emma

    Woody Allen standup, 2013: "So I married my adopted daughter."

  • vickytnz

    Is that picture from 1968? He hasn't been ginger for decades!

    • Frank Rodriguez

      looks like Deconstructing Harry era